Review by SnaggS July 5, 2007 (4 of 10 found this review helpful)
|Beethoven 5, 1st movement
Furtwangler.. slower... more like ominous rain clouds... a darker performance, the dah dah dah dah's are so evil, where Karajan's 5 is a spectacular, Furtwangler is telling a story. In the end.. Furtwanglers has to be heard, his brilliant moments are more brilliant, variation of tempo so emotive, but Karajan takes the checkered flag for a relentless and consistent reading.
Karajan 1, Furtwanger a good 2nd, Szell 3rd and Ozawa long last.
Szell was really in his element on this piece, how about Furtwangler?... ahhh...... sweet, is this really the man who chucked the Orchestra around the room during the Coriolan? His reading of this piece is not disimilar to Szell.. however noisy bits are more strident.. soft parts are more romantic. He does wear his heart on his sleeve. Its lovely, and once again, there are some Furtwangler flourishes which distinguish it.. but I think Szell has the 2nd
Final order.. Szell No.1, Furtwangler a good second.. a space... then Karajan.. and lastly Ozawa and the BSO.
Sound quality is not too bad on this one, and it is better than the CD relases of this historical recording.
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